Taiwan Beef Noodle House

The first time I tried Taiwan beef noodle was in Taiwan. I liked it so much that when I got back to Vancouver, I went looking for a Taiwan noodle house here. As luck would have it, I found one of the best in the city. The place is called Taiwan Beef Noodle House. I admit that’s not the most original name but at least you can’t mistake it for anything but a Taiwan beef noodle house.

Ever since discovering the Taiwan Beef Noodle House, we try to eat there once a week. It’s not fine dining by any means. The service level is pretty low but that seems to be the norm with cheap Asian restaurants in Vancouver. Luckily, the food is very tasty and the price is very low.

The restaurant is located in Vancouver at 8390 Granville Street. It is about 15 minute drive from my house in Richmond. It’s too bad they don’t have one in Richmond. I can see it dividing the weekly Dot Com Pho fest. Taiwan Beef Noodle House is a small but extremely busy restaurant. I recommend weekday or late night dining only.

Kelp Seaweed

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You cannot order a bowl of Taiwan beef noodle and not order the seaweed. If you never tried seaweed before, it taste like, well, seaweed. I love the seaweed at the Taiwan Beef Noodle House. You can eat it by itself or with noodle. The seaweed makes a good cooling agent since the broth used for the beef noodle is pretty spicy.

Chili Cucumbers

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This is a very refreshing dish. It’s sweet but there’s a nice kick if you bite into a chili. Like the seaweed, the chili cucumbers can be eaten by itself or with the noodles.

Taiwan Pancake

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This is a very exotic dish. It looks and tastes nothing like a North American pancake. The pancake wraps around some beef, onion and Hoisin sauce. Itโ€™s a good dish to share.

Taiwan Beef Noodle

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This is the main reason we come to Taiwan Beef Noodle House. The restaurant offers two types of broth with their noodle – one spicy and one not so spicy. I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out from the above photo that I ordered the spicy broth.

Lunch at Taiwan Beef Noodle House is very reasonable. All the above came to just $20 including tips. The next time you have a beef noodle craving, check out the Taiwan Beef Noodle House. It doesn’t matter what time you have the craving either because they’re open 24 hours a day.

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69 thoughts on “Taiwan Beef Noodle House”

  1. Jane May says:

    The first thing I noticed from you trying all of these ethnic foods was that you travel a lot. You go to a specific type of meal and most times you have been to that country. I’m jealous!

    1. Dave says:

      Yeah, it’s great to have the freedom to travel around the world ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The first one looks awful ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    1. Alex says:

      That seaweed really doesn’t look eatable ๐Ÿ˜•

      1. Jane May says:

        haha…kind of like my first encounter with sushi…but i got over it. Now I can’t get enough!!

        1. Max says:

          Don’t knock it until you try it. Seaweed is pretty damn good.

      2. Dave says:

        I was just thinking, “seaweed? yuuuuck” However, when I was in Grenada they gave me this seaweed milkshake…and MAN it was good. So…who knows.

        1. Matt Jones says:

          I love seewead. It is so damn nice! I know thats not the traditional English view but I’m willing to go against the flow on this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. I agree, but that pancake thing looks pretty delicious

  3. Ed Lau says:

    Seaweed is delicious.

    DUDE! Call me next time you’re gonna go…

  4. jake says:

    the beef noodle looks the best

    1. Alex says:

      The Taiwan Pancake looks quite yummy ๐Ÿ˜›

      1. Dave says:

        Yeah and the description sounded good. Anything with beef, I’m going to like!

    2. Marc says:

      Yeah the beef noodle does look the best, though I’d have to go with the non-spicy base. Grew up on meat and potatoes and am just not that big a fan of spicy stuff.

  5. Chris M says:

    That pancake looks darn good too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Ronaldo says:

    From the pictures, I would choose the pancake and maybe the low spice beef noodle.

    1. Jane May says:

      I’m probably right there with you!

    2. Dave says:

      Yup, my stomach can’t handle spicy food anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Chris M says:

    Ye, the seaweed isn’t something that looks too munchable, but then again, it’s probably delicious, like Ed Lau said.

  8. zawadi says:

    ๐Ÿ˜› ok now I am really hungry ๐Ÿ˜† . These pics are great.

  9. Nicholas says:

    That Taiwan beef Noodle looks really hearty! It reminds me of a Filipino Dish that I also like very much called Bulalo (I’m not sure if I’m spelling it right)…

    I’d love to dine sometime if I’m ever in Vancouver, are you game?

    1. John Chow says:

      Always game to dine with readers.

      1. Marc says:

        That’s pretty cool of you John. I’ll keep that in mind if I ever find myself on the opposite coast. I’ll bet you know where to find some killer steak ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Jack says:

    No offense meant, but if we were going by looks, the Kraft Dinner I just ate would win in this situation. ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Dave says:

      I’d rather eat seaweed than Kraft Dinner. I can’t stand that stuff!

    2. Marc says:

      I agree for all but the beef noodle soup. Just can’t go wrong with beef ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. marina says:

    I’m sure they taste really good … but that picture of the seaweed and the beef noodles dont look very appetizing…

  12. Nick says:

    you lost me when I had to order the seaweed.

  13. Michael Kwan says:

    I thought the health inspector shut that place down?

    1. John Chow says:

      They corrected whatever they inspector wanted them to correct.

      1. Dave says:

        Oh man, I don’t think I would trust the place now…even if they “fixed” it! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    2. Marc says:

      Holy cow! Health inspectors actually shut things down in Vancouver? Not so here in Halifax… They just tell them to fix stuff, even stuff that would get you shut down in other cities.

  14. Carl says:

    I used to like eating there until I got really horrible food poisoning from a bad pork dumpling… Ugh, even thinking of it makes my stomach turn.

    1. Ed Lau says:

      You get sick everywhere.

      1. Carl says:

        Everywhere that serves rotten food, yes

    2. Marc says:

      Yeah nothing turns you off of a place like food poisoning. My wife had a bad sandwich at a place around here and we just can’t go back because she remembers it quite clearly.

  15. liche says:

    First, as a Taiwan citizen, I would like to thank John Chow for picking Taiwan Beef Noodle as this post topic. It really promotes fantastic Taiwan cuisine. Beef Noodle happens to be one of my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Secondly, for those who said seaweed is not eatable, you do not know what you miss in your life. I repeat, you do not know what you miss. Just try, you will like it!

    Third, man, your post makes me damn hungry……

    1. simon says:

      Finally, I found another Taiwanese here… nice to meet you~

  16. Harry L says:

    Is the Taiwan pancake similar to what most Chinese restaurants call a scallion pancake?

    1. simon says:

      They are different. Scallion pancake only the plain pancake with scallion(or you can called green onion).

  17. Brown Majik says:

    Hmmm HMmmm…. goood stuff man!!!

  18. Gath says:

    Love the pancake. Not so keen on the seaweed.

  19. Kelp definitely tastes better than it looks. I hear theyโ€™re quite healthy, too; helps rid the body of harmful toxins.

  20. food is food; i wouldn’t really care what it is unless i have choices. i am a vegetarian though, so of course i would go for those green cucumbers rather than beef noodles. ๐Ÿ˜•

  21. Matt says:

    Do you ever eat at home, or do you just eat out all the time? ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. Greg Stratz says:

    Nice Nice I will have to go there one day and give it a try. You ever make the trip to Vancouver east side restaurants? we have some lovely Asian ones that I go to in the east end.

  23. Dave says:

    I really can’t believe you got all that food for only $20 including tip. That’s insane!

  24. LiveGreen says:

    OMG, all of that food is making me so hungry.

  25. kwandom says:

    Seems like you don’t need to travel outside of Vancouver to find good food. Sounds a lot like the SF Bay Area.

  26. kimon says:

    very special…
    http://kimonchan.blogspot.com
    welcome to my blog,and give some suggestions. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Jian says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ฏ wa~~~~
    I want to eat it very much! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    long long ago…

  28. Gary Lee says:

    I’m taiwanese and this is by far my favorite taiwanese dish! I’ve grown up eating so many different versions of it from my aunts and grandma. . . . John, if you’re ever down in SoCal, you’ve got to try the spiciest Beef Noodle Soup at Dai Ho in Rosemead ( a small city 15 min east of downtown LA) . . . let me know and I’ll come join you! . . . . i dare anyone to go there and eat their beef noodle soup without a towel!

  29. Matt Jones says:

    I can’t remember the last time I ate a meal that looked as nice as that….

  30. And $20 for a lip-smacking meal big enough to feed 3 to 4 people…not bad at all. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  31. Amanda says:

    I like some exotic food but sometimes if food looks creepy i just cant.

  32. Food guy says:

    The pancake just looks plain yummy. I wish there was a way for us to taste it through the monitor.

  33. The chili cucumbers look a lot like bitter melon slices though, don’t they?

  34. Derrich says:

    That Beff Noodle stew looks ridiculously delicious. ๐Ÿ˜›

  35. I have to be honest.. It doesn’t look very good.

  36. glitter says:

    You know, In the past I have been very ignorant about food…I like seeing the pictures you take of things you eat- it shows me food that I have never heard of-and encourages me to try new places. I see from your pictures many foods that I know I am going to love,even without tasting it yet. Those cucumbers looks so pretty, the soup so rich.

  37. uncle sha says:

    hmm due to this, i’m going for my 2nd lunch of the day now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Mr. Red says:

    Your a braver man than i will ever be, i will stick to ham sandwiches:)

  39. You made me so hungry! Yum. ๐Ÿ˜€

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